Yohann Jousselin Director of Wine, Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong
Britt Ng, Head Sommelier, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
On 8 November 2018, Origin Grill will present unparalleled vintages to 10 guests at the inaugural Iconic Wine Dinner. The first event marks the launch of The Iconic Wine Dinner Series, specially curated by Britt Ng, Head Sommelier of Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore and Yohann Jousselin, Wine Director of Shangri-La Hotel group. The new wine programme will showcase stellar line-ups of rare and remarkable vintages, served with a pairing menu curated by Chef de Cuisine, Heidi Flanagan.
Making its debut in Singapore at Origin Grill, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, the extraordinary evening will be hosted by Britt and Yohann over an exquisite 5- course dinner, paired with 8 exceptional vintages.
The evening commences on a refreshing note with a selection of canapés and Champagne Krug, Grande Cuvée, N.V.. Krug champagnes are known to be rich, complex, and long ageing. The Grand Cuvée is composed of more than 120 different base wines from 10 different vintages. This is a showcase of Krug’s reserve wines through a multi-vintage blend. The first course brings forth a pour of Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru, Domaine Louis Latour, 2010 paired with a soup of Turbot, Potato, Asparagus, Scallion. The richly flavoured vintage boasts notes of apricot with a touch of oak.
The decadence continues with Clos Vougeot Grand Cru, Château de la Tour, 1999 served with Duck, Watercress, Orange. The Grand Cru is harvested, vinified, raised, and bottled within the walls of the Clos de Vougeot, just like in the old days of the monks. They are wines of tradition, with a stunning ageing potential and made to cellar for 10 years at the very least. The exceptional ‘99 vintage presents a hint of menthol with spicy aromas of rose petal, earth, cassis, and both red and black currants.
The pre-main course showcases the impeccable vintage – Pessac-Léognan, Château Haut-Brion, 1985 1er cru classé, paired with Veal Sweetbread, Parmesan, Pea, Honshimeji. Château Haut-Brion is the only property from outside the Médoc to attain First Growth Status in the famous 1855 Bordeaux Classification. The wine is extraordinary, displaying characteristics of oakiness, curranty fruit, earth, smoky spice and cassis.
Sublimity follows the parallel tastings of notable 2005, 1998, 1996 vintages from Château Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac, served with Williams River MS5 Tenderloin. Château Mouton Rothschild is classified as a First Growth vineyard – a rank that is conferred only to Bordeaux vineyards in France that consistently produce some of the best wines.
Ending the unparalleled evening on a sweet note, is the Sauternes, Château d’Yquem, 2005 1er cru supérieur paired with Passionfruit, Mango, Chamomile, Marshmallow. Undisputedly the finest dessert wine in France, Yquem has been in a class of its own since the 18th century and was lauded in the 1855 classification as the only premier cru supérieur in Sauternes. The 2005 vintage showcases beautiful textures with vivid acidity, highlighted with delicate apricot and passionfruit aromas, and rounded off with stone-fruits and honeysuckle flavours.
The Iconic Wine Dinner is available on 8 November 2018, Thursday, at 7pm at $1,380++ per person. The dinner is exclusively for 10 diners.
Art in the wine world: Château Mouton Rothschild
In 1922 Baron Nathaniel’s great-grandson, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, took over Château Mouton Rothschild, marking the beginning of 65 years in charge.
What makes Château Mouton Rothschild stand out is their tradition of creating new labels for every vintage they produce, started in 1945 by founder Baron Philippe de Rothschild.
A different contemporary artist was commissioned to design the label for each new vintage of Mouton. The ‘gallery’ includes illustrious names such as Jean Cocteau (1947), Georges Braque (1955), Salvador Dali (1958), Henry Moore (1964), Andy Warhol (1965), Marc Chagall (1970), HRH The Prince of Wales (1994), and Lucien Freud (1996).
Exclusively for the evening of 8 November at Origin Grill, indulge in the outstanding companies of vintages 2005, 1998, 1996.
Vintage 2005 bears the art label by Giuseppe Penone, an Italian artist born in Piedmont. His drawing depicts the vine-grower’s “green fingers”, a living expansion of the vine leaf and at the same time the splayed hand of the drinker – soon to close round a glass of Mouton.
Vintage 1998’s label is created by Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991), one of the most renowned Mexican artists of the 20th century. In 1990, Tamayo agreed to create an original work of art for the Mouton Rothschild label. Fate decreed otherwise (he passed away shortly), but his family wanted the master’s wish to be fulfilled. To illustrate the 1998 vintage, the family gave “Brindis” to the house – a man proposing a toast symbolising a commonplace ritual that Tamayo transforms, under a glowing sun, into a striking allegory of raw desire.
For Mouton 1996, Gu Gan, a Chinese artist from Changsha, the capital of Hunan province, brought together in a single drawing five ideograms, all of which signify the heart, varying the colour and stroke of each. This powerful yet subtle composition, which he has called “Coeur à Coeur” (Heart to Heart), is intended as an act of faith in universal harmony.
ICONIC WINE DINNER
Thursday, 8th November 2018 | 7pm
Selection of canapés by Chef Heidi Flanagan
Champagne Krug, Grande Cuvée, N.V.
Turbot, Potato, Asparagus, Scallion
Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru, Domaine Louis Latour, 2010
Duck, Watercress, Orange
Clos Vougeot Grand Cru, Château de la Tour, 1999
Veal Sweetbread, Parmesan, Pea, Honshimeji
Pessac-Léognan, Château Haut-Brion, 1985 1er cru classé
Williams River MS5 Tenderloin, Sauce Béarnaise Pauillac, Château Mouton Rothschild, 2005 1er cru classé Pauillac, Château Mouton Rothschild, 1998 1er cru classé Pauillac, Château Mouton Rothschild, 1996 1er cru classé
Passionfruit, Mango, Chamomile, Marshmallow
Sauternes, Château d’Yquem, 2005 1er cru supérieur
S$1,380++ per person.
Price is in SGD, subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST.
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